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Jonathan Levine

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Jonathan Levine is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, which he joined in 1991. He teaches in the areas of transportation, land use, economics of planning, and research design.

His research centers on the potential and rationales for policy reform in transportation and land use. His current work, focusing on the transformation of the transportation and land-use planning paradigm from a mobility to an accessibility basis, includes a number of sponsored projects, as well as a forthcoming book from Cornell University Press written jointly with Taubman College’s Joe Grengs and Florida Atlantic University’s Louis Merlin. Levine also is interested in the design of institutions for emerging transportation systems—which may be based in large measure on self-driving electric vehicles—to serve metropolitan-accessibility goals.

Levine is the author of Zoned Out: Regulation, Markets, and Choices in Transportation and Metropolitan Land Use (Resources for the Future, 2006), which argued for transportation and land-use policy reform on the basis of expansion of households’ effective range of choices rather than proven modification of travel behavior. Levine’s work has been recognized with several awards, including the 2010 Chester Rapkin Award for best paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research. In 2011, he received a Residential Fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy. In 2001, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded him the Excellence in Urban Policy Scholarship Award, and in 1996, he received the Best of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Award.

In addition to a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, he holds a Master of City Planning and a Master of Science in engineering, with a civil engineering/transportation focus.

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